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Forty years ago the Maine Medical Association appointed a committee to investigate the legend, that ten years before, an important post-mortem examination had been performed on the body of a man, who had suffered many years from an alleged dislocation of the hip joint. The idea in trying to obtain a report of the examination was to discover information that might be of value to the profession in the diagnosis and treatment of such dislocation, in general, while additional interest attached to the case owing to the thirty-seven years that had elapsed since I the original injury. The committee failed to report; they could find nothing of the alleged examination, and to every physician in Maine it remained a myth.

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American Academy of Medicine


Easton, Pennsylvania


Dr. Micajah Collins Hawkes, Charles Lowell, Dr. John Faxon, Eastport Maine, Lubec Maine


Medicine and Health Sciences


An article from the Bulletin of the American Academy of Medicine, February, 1910.

Lowell vs. Faxon and Hawkes: A celebrated malpractice suit in Maine



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